Hydropower

MCT To Develop Tidal Energy in Nova Scotia

Marine Current Turbines Ltd (MCT) has agreed to a partnership with Canada’s Minas Basin Pulp and Power (MBPP) to demonstrate and develop tidal power facilities and technology in Canada’s Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia.

Working in partnership with MBPP, MCT will participate in the tidal power demonstration center established by the Province of Nova Scotia. MBPP and MCT intend to deploy a 1.5-megawatt (MW) tidal generator when the in-stream tidal energy center enters full operation and is connected to the Nova Scotia grid.

“We are very excited to combine our extensive experience in resource and energy development with MCT’s leading UK tidal power technology,” said Scott Travers, president and COO of MBPP. “We were one of the original developers of power generation, transmission and distribution in Nova Scotia, and we still operate a major renewable hydro generating facility. Tidal power has significant potential benefits for all Nova Scotians.”

MCT installed the world’s first offshore tidal current device in 2003 off the south west coast of England (the 300-kilowatt SeaFlow) and during 2008, it installed and commissioned its 1.2-MW SeaGen commercial prototype tidal current turbine in Strangford Narrows in Northern Ireland. SeaGen generated at its full output of 1.2 MW onto the local grid in December 2008, becoming the most powerful marine energy device in the world.